# finding a constant for a partial differential equation

by KataKoniK
Tags: constant, differential, equation, partial
 P: 168 Can anyone help me with this question? I tried taking the derivative of u with respect to x and then summed the third derivative, but I'm getting nowhere. Any help would be great, thanks. Let u(x1, x2, … , xn) = , where a is a constant, and n is given. Find all the values of the constant a, if any, for which the function u satisfies the partial differential equation .
 Sci Advisor HW Helper P: 1,204 Do you think it's possible that you should be making a substitution for the sum of x_i squared? It just seems that polar coordinates might be an easier way to work the problem. Not that it would be easy. Carl Now. How do I make that little "lightbulb" that I accidentally clicked on go away?

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